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~~~ Argentina Rhodochrosite Small Oval Beads ~~~

approx.. size : 18 x 13 x 7mm

approx. total weight : 7 grams = 35 carats

2 beads, lengthwise center drilled

Listing is for the exact 2 beads as pictured.

Color of gemstone may vary slightly from screen to screen.

*** Rhodochrosite was first described in 1813 in reference to a sample from Romania. The name is derived from a Greek word meaning "rose-colored".

Rhodochrosite is a manganese carbonate mineral with chemical composition MnCO3. In its (rare) pure form, it is typically a rose-red color, but impure specimens can be shades of pink to pale brown. The streak is white. Its Mohs hardness varies between 3.5 and 4. It is often confused with the manganese silicate, Rhodonite, but is distinctly softer.

Due to its being relatively soft, and having perfect cleaveage, it is very difficult to cut, and therefore rarely found faceted in jewelry.

Colorado officially named Rhodochrosite as its state mineral in 2002 based on a proposal by a local high school. The reason for this lies in the fact that while the mineral is found worldwide, large red crystals are found only in a few places on earth, and some of the best specimens have been found in the Sweet Home Mine near Alma, Colorado. (The Alma King is the largest known Rhodochrosite crystal; it was found in the Sweet Home Mine near Alma, Colorado. It is on display in the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.)

The Incas believed that Rhodochrosite is the blood of their former rulers, turned to stone, therefore it is sometimes called "Rosa del Inca" or "Inca Rose".

It is found in Argentina, Peru, Colorado, Montana, U.S, and Quebec, Canada.

Argentina Rhodochrosite Small Oval Bead - 18mm x 13mm x 7mm - 2 Pieces - A2351


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